Monthly Archives: September 2012

Tournament of Movie Fanatic Comedy Bracket: Final Four Announced!

It’s been a long, tough road, but we’ve made it to the Final Four in the Tournament of Movie Fanatic Comedy Bracket! Voting to decide who will compete in the final matchup will begin on Monday, but until then, take a look at our winners from round two:

The Big Lebowski Photo

The Big Lebowski beat Hot Fuzz 59% to 41% to move on to the final four! Take a look at some Big Lebowski quotes to see why it’s made it this far.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail Poster

Monty Python and the Holy Grail tore up the second round, beating Swingers by a whopping 78.5% to 21.5%. The Holy Grail even had the endorsement of Swingers writer and star Jon Favreau on Twitter! Now that’s a classy move, and a huge affirmation of Monty Python’s comedy prowess. Check out our Holy Grail quotes page for more.

Groundhog Day Photo

Groundhog Day had some tough second-round competition in the #1 seeded Annie Hall. But the beloved Bill Murray comedy won big to move on to the Final Four, with a 72.5% to 27.5% victory. Browse our Groundhog Day quotes page for more.

Airplane Poster

Airplane! is the lowest-seeded movie in the Final Four, proving that fans truly love this 1980 comedy that defined a genre. Airplane! won by the largest margin of the entire tournament thus far, crushing the hilarious Rushmore 85.7% to 14.3%. Read through some Airplane! quotes to find out why.

Comedy Bracket Final Four

Weekend Movie Preview: September 28, 2012

For those who have been anticipating with bated breath the arrival of Rian Johnson’s Looper, the day has finally arrived. The mind-bending time travel thriller stars Joseph Gordon Levitt and Bruce Willis as the same character in a thrill ride that should land atop the box office come Monday morning.

But, the film could get a solid challenge from Adam Sandler getting animated as Dracula in Hotel Transylvania and an Oscar-worthy film, Won’t Back Down, based on a true story. Some markets are even getting an early release of the smashing Pitch Perfect. What will you see? Hopefully we can help…

Looper: By now, most audiences know all about this film and its wildly original premise. Gordon Levitt is a hit man and Willis is him as an older man, and when Willis goes back in time, all hell breaks loose. Solid performances abound, especially from Emily Blunt and Jeff Daniels, as we stated in our Looper review. This is the film Movie Fanatic could not recommend more you see on the big screen!

Hotel Transylvania: A charming, but solely for family audiences, imagining of what life would be like at a hotel solely catered to our imagination’s greatest monsters. Sandler kills it as Dracula, who is more over-protective father than menacing beast. Selena Gomez shines in one of her first voice-acting roles as Mavis, Dracula’s daughter. For more on this animated treat, check out our Hotel Transylvania review.

Won’t Back Down: Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal deserve serious Oscar consideration for their portrayal of a teacher and a parent, respectively, who rise up to challenge a system and make their school better. The film hits all the right emotional notes, but as we state in our Won’t Back Down review, it hits one sour chord… but it is minor.

Pitch Perfect: Select markets across the country are getting an early opening for the a cappella-themed film that follows Anna Kendrick as she joins a collegiate all-girl singing group called The Bellas. The film is hysterical and will have you singing and dancing in the aisles. Our Pitch Perfect review goes further, for those of you lucky enough to catch the film this weekend.

Silver Linings Playbook Gets a New Trailer: So Yeah, I Snapped

There’s a new trailer for Silver Linings Playbook. Have a watch:

Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) stars as Pat Solitano, a man who was recently released from a mental institution and moves back home with his parents, played by Robert DeNiro and Jacki Weaver, to pull his life back together. There, he meets a young woman named Tiffany, played by Jennifer Lawrence, who is going through a similarly difficult time.

Julia Stiles, Chris Tucker, and Anupam Kher also star. David O. Russell (I ♥ Huckabees, The Fighter) wrote and directed the film.

Silver Linings Playbook will hit theaters November 21.

Wreck-It Ralph Character Images Give us a Tour of the Video Game World

Wreck-It Ralph is all about video games. As such, there are a lot of video game characters in the film. Here’s just about all of them (click thumbnails to enlarge):

Wreck-It Ralph Character Image

Coily Wreck-It RalphM. Bison Wreck-It RalphQ*Bert Wreck-It RalphSurge Protector Wreck-It RalphZangief Wreck-It RalphFix-It Felix in Wreck-It RalphGene Wreck-It RalphSergeant Calhoun Wreck-It RalphCy-Bug Wreck-It RalphWreck-It Ralph in Hero's DutyCandlehead Wreck-It RalphCrumbelina De Caramello Wreck-It RalphGloyd Orangeboar Wreck-It RalphKing Candy Wreck-It RalphRancis Fluggerbutter Wreck-It RalphSnowanna RainbeauSour Bill Wreck-It RalphTaffyta MuttonfudgeVanellope Von Schweetz Wreck-It RalphWynchel & Duncan Wreck-It Ralph

John C. Reilly stars as the voice of Wreck-It Ralph, a villain in an old 8-bit arcade game. When he grows sick of always being the bad guy, he travels across the video game world in search of a new life.

Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch (The 40-Year Old-Virgin), Alan Tudyk (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Mindy Kaling, Adam Carolla, Horatio Sanz, Rachael Harris, and Ed O’Neill also lend their voices.

Wreck-It Ralph hits theaters November 2. Watch the Wreck-It Ralph trailer for more.

Looper Review: What a Thrill!

Where to start with our Looper review? Filmmaker Rian Johnson cringes when the word “original” is used to describe his film because he feels his latest borrows heavily from films as varied as Blade Runner and Witness. Whether he likes it or not… that is exactly what Looper is: Wildly original in the purest sense of the phrase.

Joseph Gordon Levitt Bruce Willis Looper
Joseph Gordon Levitt stars as a Looper, a mob assassin who lives in a world where in the future, time travel exists and is illegal. The only people who are using it are mobsters who find it a fantastic way to eliminate their problems. They capture an individual and send him back in time where Gordon Levitt is waiting, gun at the ready.

Bruce Willis portrays the older version of Gordon Levitt’s Looper. He has been running from his fate for 30 years we learn, to no avail. He is caught, captured and sent back to be killed by his younger self. Not so fast… as Willis outsmarts his assassin and heads out into the past.

Willis and Gordon Levitt not only give stellar and congruent performances, but the two have a sizzling chemistry in the scenes they share. That achievement is no easy feat and both actors rise to the level of the film they have the honor of appearing in.

Emily Blunt is all over the Looper trailer, and some may wonder when she will appear. The UK actress arrives halfway through the film and makes her presence felt like a hurricane. But it is the actor who plays her five-year-old son who is the true revelation. Pierce Gagnon may be physically a small child, but the performance projected from him is mesmerizing as if it came from someone with decades more experience.

Johnson first marveled with his Brick. The filmmaker got star power in Willis that got his next feature into production. It is clear experiencing the movie that Johnson got the Die Hard legend with a script that knocked his socks off.

The Looper creator and his mind-blowing story ought to join a new generation of filmmakers who began their careers with visionary pieces of work that allowed them to springboard straight to the top of the A-list.

Emily Blunt Looper
Immediately a few come to mind. Christopher Nolan scored with one of his first, Memento, and now he rules thanks to his The Dark Knight trilogy and Inception. Also Paul Thomas Anderson, with his work on Boogie Nights and now the Oscar and audience buzz surrounding his latest, The Master.

These are the artists who create must-see films, and they began with groundbreaking work as Johnson has with Looper.

Johnson’s film is one of those rare movies that, as it is witnessed over and over — as it should be — Johnson’s plot and cinematic poise will highlight something different each time. It is a masterpiece that will be studied in film schools for its acting, execution and frankly… art.